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Policy Insights: Health Insurance

by Scott W. Atlas, Michael J. Boskin, Tom Church, John H. Cochrane , John F. Cogan, Daniel Heil, Daniel P. Kessler, John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Health insurance helps many Americans purchase health care. So why is it so expensive, and how can we make it more affordable?

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Between Environmentalists And Energy Developers, Zinke Shot Down Environmental Center

by Terry Andersonvia The Hill
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
If environmental left means “leave it in the ground,” a chant from the Poland climate talks, and environmental right means dig it and pump it without regard for water and wildlife, Ryan Zinke’s tenure as Interior Secretary is best characterized as environmental center.
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China Exerting ‘Sharp Power’ Influence On American Institutions

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Larry Diamond discusses how China is penetrating American institutions in ways that are coercive and corrupt, while the United States has not fully grasped the gravity of the situation.

News
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The Burden Of Public Pension Promises On State And Local Budgets

by Joshua D. Rauh, Daniel Bergstresservia EconoFact
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unfunded pension liabilities represent a significant challenge to the finances of many state and local governments. While no analysts dispute the general statement that pensions are underfunded in aggregate, there has been some discussion about how to estimate the magnitude of the gap.

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It Was Always About The Wall

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, December 20, 2018

There was likely never going to be “comprehensive immigration reform” or any deal amnestying the DACA recipients in exchange for building the wall. Democrats in the present political landscape will not consent to a wall. For them, a successful border wall is now considered bad politics in almost every manner imaginable.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: Obamacare, Back In The Courts

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Does a new legal challenge really spell the end of the Affordable Care Act?

Analysis and Commentary

The Unpredictability Of Deregulation: The Case Of Airlines

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Some unlikely policy lessons from Jimmy Carter and Teddy Kennedy. 

Analysis and Commentary

Can California Republicans Rebrand And Rebuild—And Survive Another Trump Referendum?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 20, 2018

During the First World War, a top German military commander supposedly came up with these unflattering words—“shackled to a corpse”—to describe his country’s alliance with the faltering Austro-Hungarian empire.

Analysis and Commentary

2020 Is Practically Around The Corner

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
No, this has naught to do with the next election. It’s about an immediate target here at Fordham: to generate and publish some fresh thinking, mostly from prominent conservatives and other sensible folk, about the future direction of American education. We call it Education 20/20, and it got off to an awesome start in the final third of 2018 with a line-up of seven superb thinker/writer/speakers.
Analysis and Commentary

Davenport: The Grinch That Ate Christmas

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Thursday, December 20, 2018
It happens every year. People who do not understand the First Amendment of the Constitution launch legal attacks on Christmas.
Analysis and Commentary

The Unpredictability Of Deregulation

by David R. Hendersonvia Econlib
Thursday, December 20, 2018

A closer look, though, at the deregulatory movement of the 1970s offers some grounds for optimism. Neither Carter nor Kennedy was particularly ideologically opposed to regulation. Rather, the deregulation was due to a confluence of circumstances, not all of which could be predicted, but which one can imagine being imitated.

Interviews
Interviews

Edward Lazear: Fed Should Listen To Markets More, Economist Says

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the Fed's rate hikes and notes that the markets (especially the yield curve) give a lot of information about where the economy is going.

Interviews

The Original Sin Of The Internet - Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Long Now Foundation
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson argues that today’s political polarization echoes the religious polarization of the Reformation. Both were brought about by technological disruption: The printing press, in the case of the Reformation; and the personal computer, the internet, and social media today.
Interviews

Jamil Jaffer: The Arbiter: South Carolina Prisoner Sues For Right To Smoke Pot

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Fox News
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses prisoners’ rights and discrimination at US universities.
In the News
In the News

Huawei Wants US To Show Clear Evidence To Back Security Allegations

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Security Boulevard
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
After Germany refused to ban Huawei devices due to a lack of strong evidence to support cyberespionage accusations, Huawei now demands Washington show evidence to support its fears.
In the News

Now You Want Easier Money?

quoting Kevin Warshvia Seeking Alpha
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
I happened to catch Rick Santelli on CNBC Tuesday morning, the first time I had seen him in years. I recall he always used to complain about the zero interest rate/QE policies of the Bernanke/Yellen years, and indeed mocked the idea that easier money could somehow create growth when bad supply-side policies were holding the economy back. And yet, now that unemployment is down to 3.7% and inflation is back up to 2%, he suddenly opposes a rate increase. I nearly spit out my coffee.
In the News

Medicare Advantage Is Curbing Opioid Abuse

mentioning Daniel P. Kesslervia Bloomberg
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Recent data show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. were 10 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, with an almost 50 percent increase in those related to synthetic opioids. A new research paper points to a glimmer of hope in this otherwise bleak story: Medicare Advantage insurance companies seem to be doing a surprisingly good job at mitigating opioid abuse.